Lagos Fashion Week is an annual fashion event that brings together fashion designers from different parts of the African content. The 7th year of the multi-day event is imminent! Hence, as buyers, consumers and the media take over the city, we turn our focus to some of the designers to look out for at Lagos Fashion Week 2018.
Here are the designers to look out for at Lagos Fashion Week 2018
With designs that conjure excitement, styletemple rides the lines between what her critics call “tacky” and what her fans call “exquisite”. This Nigerian contemporary women’s wear brand takes the term, trendsetter, literally; feeding the increasing taste for contemporary designs that make a conscious effort to embrace the familiar traditions. Her bridal and women’s wear collections are known for their alluring aesthetics. Fans were excited to see Styletemple collaborate with Vlisco; producing a collection that included a lacy blouse, palazzo pants, a jumpsuit and a maxi skirt, all in Vlisco prints. We can’t wait to see what O.G Okwonkwo, has in store for us this year.
He came into the limelight last year as a result of a chain of events that involved, Ebuka, posting a photo of himself at the #BADD wedding, spotting an outfit from Ugo Monye’s collection which was showcased at last years LFW SS18 . I’m sure we’re all anxious to see what the menswear brand’s creative director, Ugochukwu Monye, will fashion out from his trademark design style of integrating age old traditional African silhouettes with contemporary aesthetics. The Reale collection was a hit; I’m especially excited about the looks for this year.
This is a luxury women’s wear brand based in Ghana, who’s designs are known to infuse traditional African aesthetics with a modern outlook. Also, her designs have been featured on runways in Paris and most noteworthy, on the pages of international magazines such as; Vogue Italia, Harpers Bazaar, Canoe 53 and Glamour Magazine. She has dressed numerous A-list celebrities including the likes of Genevieve Nnaji.
One of the most successful Nigerian bespoke tailors and an alumnus of the prestigious Seville Roe; Mai Atafo is a master craftsman in Bridal wear, Men’s bespoke suits and recently, women’s work wear. Launched by Ohimai Atafo in 2007, his longevity has seen him dress some of the most iconic Nigerians. It couldn’t be an exaggeration to term this year’s AMVCA a “Mai Atafo party”. This is probably due to the fact that I’ve never seen so many stars dressed in one particular brand in a single night. From the biggest names in Nollywood to the up and coming, Mai Atafo was the countless replies to the “who are you wearing” question.
Easily in the top 5 most successful African designers, Lisa Folawiyo is one of Africa’s most popular fashion brand. Her designs have appeared on some of worlds biggest international magazines, with the most recent appearance being the September issue of Vogue magazine, where supermodel, Gigi Hadid wore one of her pieces in an editorial. Lisa Folawiyo boasts of a clientele of global superstars such as, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Solange Knowles. We certainly can’t wait to see the new collection.
Gert Johan Coetzee
The “designer to the stars” always lives up to his self-proclaimed title by producing some of the most amazing red carpet worthy designs. Celebrated as one of SA’s most successful couturier, Gert has dressed some of Africa’s biggest celebrities. He has designed outfits for A-list celebrities like, Tiwa Savage, Nomzamo Mbatha and also the likes of Toke Makinwa and Bonang Matheba. For his last collection, he collaborated with McDonald’s South Africa, for the 50th birthday of the Big Mac. The collection featured a range of club culture inspired street wear.
The above designers, alongside well established brands like Tiffany Amber and Maxhosa by Laduma, Lagos Fashion Week is certainly going to be an awesome experience.